Amnesty International's annual report details how the rise of social media is fuelling a new activism that repressive governments are struggling to control.
A human rights lawyer and a journalist are missing amid a clampdown on dissent.
Profiles of some of the Chinese activists recently detained in an attempt to stamp out a "Jasmine Revolution"
The doctor has spent 100 days in prison as part of a politically motivated life sentence on sedition and conspiracy charges.
Viet Nam must release a high-profile activist sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for calling for an end to one-party rule
Detention of China's most famous artist and political critic is a troubling development in a widening crackdown on dissent.
Liu Xianbin convicted of 'inciting subversion' for writing articles critical of the government, in a trial lasting only a few hours.
Veteran democracy activist Liu Xianbin is being tried for 'subversion' tomorrow, only a few years after finishing his previous prison term.
More than 100 detained or intimidated since February by security forces, following online calls for a Chinese 'Jasmine Revolution'.
An ethnic Uighur website manager who was sentenced to seven years in jail in China after a secret trial is the latest in a series of Uighur writers imprisoned for peaceful expression of cultural or political views.
Authorities say that the human rights activist was caught 'red-handed keeping and distributing documents' calling for the overthrow of the government.
The members of the Socialist Workers League, a small association that espouses socialism, were found guilty of "propagating or instigating a rebellion against the State."
Amnesty International urges the Chinese authorities to stop detaining and harassing more than 100 activists targeted in an apparent attempt to block anti-government demonstrations inspired by protests across the Middle East.
The Thai authorities should drop all charges against human rights defender and web forum moderator Chiranuch Premchaiporn, whose trial continues this week.
Vi Duc Hoi is sentenced to eight years for "spreading anti-government propaganda" after he posted articles on the internet calling for democracy.
Two South Korean human rights defenders have been convicted for peaceful protest in support of families whose loved ones died while demonstrating against forced evictions.
The life sentence handed down against Dr Binayak Sen by a court in the India state of Chhattisgarh violates international fair trial standards and is likely to enflame tensions in the conflict-affected area, Amnesty International has said.
Amnesty International renews its call on the Chinese authorities to release an ethnic Uighur prisoner of conscience jailed on separatism charges after his family reported that he is being tortured in a Xinjiang prison.
Prominent Inner Mongolian rights activist Hada, his wife and son have disappeared into detention in an unknown location.
A profile of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner by China specialist Jean-Philippe Béja.